Rideshare company Lyft to start operating in Missouri

     (AP) – The rideshare company Lyft says it will start

providing services in Springfield, Missouri.

     The announcement comes Tuesday after the Missouri House gave initial approval

to statewide regulations for app-based transportation companies. Uber and Lyft

say statewide regulations could enable them to expand throughout the state.

     Lawmakers showed support in a voice vote for a bill requiring rideshare

companies to pay a $5,000 licensing fee, conduct driver background checks and

vehicle inspections, and exempt such companies from paying local or municipal


     There was little opposition to the proposal.

     Springfield will be the first city in Missouri to welcome Lyft after a 2014

lawsuit by the St. Louis Taxi Commission pushed it out of the city. Uber

currently operates in Springfield, Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis.


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